University of Washington Suzzallo Library Renovation

Seattle, WA
  • Winner, Renovation - Library Building Awards, American Institute of Architects/American Library Association
  • Award of Merit - 2006 Region Design Awards, American Institute of Architects, Northwest and Pacific Region
  • Winner, Remodel/Tenant Improvement Over $15 Million - Construction Excellence Awards, Associated General Contractors of Washington
  • Honorable Mention - 2002 Distinguished Project Awards, Northwest Construction Consumer Council
Renovation and seismic upgrade of a historic 30,193-m² (325,000-ft²), 1925 campus library which remained operational during construction. MKA’s design introduced strengthening elements in unobtrusive, sometimes hidden, locations to improve performance without compromising historic features. This approach reduced the need for intrusive structural additions by 50 percent and cut costs by 30 percent, compared to more traditional solutions.
ARCHITECT: Mahlum Architects, with Cardwell/Thomas & Associates